There aren’t many movies fit for discussing on a personal finance blog, but Moneyball’s lessons about money and life are game changers, no pun intended.
Moneyball Movie Trailer
Moneyball: 7 Lessons for Life and Personal Finance
1) Don’t make decisions based solely on money- Don’t give up on your dreams, ethics, and passion just for a few bucks.
3) There is greater purpose than just winning. Playing to change lives and create justice for others is more important than winning. You can change how the game is played and end up a winner.
4) Live within your means- The small Oakland A’s couldn’t compete with the larger ball club’s budgets. We also have to live within our budgets and create W’s each time we go onto the field.
“We’re going to work within the constraints that we have.”-Owner of the A’s
5) When you face opposition and criticism, you might just be doing something right. Billy Beane went against a century’s worth of baseball tradition in evaluating players.
“Baseball thinking is medieval. They are asking all the wrong questions.”-Peter Brand
6) When you are in the daily grind and working hard, it sometimes takes others to help us look up and notice you are hitting home runs.
7) Your problems are relatively small compared to most in the world.
“I’ve got up-town problems, which are not problems at all.”- Billy Beane
Moneyball the Backstory
The backstory on this movie is incredible in itself. The movie is based off a best selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. His book, which is now on my reading list, looks in to the history & math or Sabermetrics along with the story of the Oakland A’s as depicted in Moneyball the movie.
Bill James is one such pioneer that began all this sabermetrics frenzy, which turned baseball on its head. He published a series of books in late 70’s and 80’s Baseball Abstracts that ranked the 100 best players in each position.
Have you seen Moneyball? What lessons did you learn?
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